World Mythology

ISBN-10: 0805049134
ISBN-13: 9780805049138
Edition: Revised 
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Description: A New York Public Library Outstanding Reference Book Filled with more than 500 color photographs, charts, maps, and line drawings, this is an incomparable guide to the world's most important mythological traditions.

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Book details

List price: $30.00
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication date: 10/15/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 8.75" wide x 11.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.838
Language: English

A New York Public Library Outstanding Reference Book Filled with more than 500 color photographs, charts, maps, and line drawings, this is an incomparable guide to the world's most important mythological traditions.

Robert Walter served as Joseph Campbell's editor through the last decade of his life, and has led the Joseph Campbell Foundation since its founding in 1990.

Foreword
Introduction
Great Themes of Myth, Dr. Roy Willis
Creation
The origins of the world Cosmic Architecture
The structure of the universe Myths of Humanity
Causes of life and death Supernatural Beings
God, spirits and demons Cosmic Disasters
The end of the world Heroes and Tricksters
Agents of change Animals and Plants
Energy, transformation and kinship Body and Soul
Spirit and the afterlife Marriage and Kinship
Myths of the social order
A World Mythography
Egypt
The First Gods
Order from chaos The Ennead
The Nine Gods of Heliopolis Osiris
Upholder of order Isis
The devoted widow Horus and Seth
The struggle for the throne of Osiris Solar Myths
The eternal cycle of renewal Myth and Magic/
The secret name of Ra; the Book of Thoth Snakes and Scorpions
Agents of chaos Powerful Goddesses
Neith, Sekhmet and Bastet Other Goddesses
Anat, Astarte, Hathor and Taweret Kings and the Gods
The sacred role of the pharaohs Priest-Magicians
Setna Khaemwese and Imhotep Life After Death
The soul in the underworld
The Middle East
Sumer and Babylon
Myths from the first cities Gilgamesh
The great epic of mortality Ishtar and Tammuz
The descent to the underworld Myths of Creation
Enki, Marduk and the divine decrees The Flood
Destruction and survival Ugaritic Myths
Kingship and succession Myths of the Hittites
Dragons and lost gods Persian Myths
Ahura Mazdah and the battle between good and evil
India
Origins of the World
Sacrifice and conflict Indra
Warrior and king of the gods Brahma
The creator god Vishnu
Protector of the world Vishnu's Incarnations
The avatars Rama
The righteous avatar Krishna, the Adorable
The eighth avatar of Vishnu Shiva
The erotic and ascetic combined Devi
The manifold goddess Shiva's Family Circle
Shiva, Parvati, Skanda, Ganesha Jain Myth
A response to Hinduism The Enlightened One
Myths of Buddhism
China
Order Out Of Chaos
Pan Gu and Hun Dun Nu Gua and Fu Xi
The creation of humanity flood myths Sun, Moon and Stars
Myths of the heavenly bodies Chinese Buddhism
Amitabha and Guanyin Taoist Myth
Gods and Immortals Myths of the Family
Filial piety and household gods
Tibet and Mongolia
Myths of Origin
Radiant, Black Misery and the karmic wind Myths of the Ancient Kings
The sky-descended rulers King Gersar
The warrior-king The Taming of the Gods
The impact of Buddhism Mongolian Shamanism
Encounters with the spirit realm
Japan
Izanagi and Izanami
The primal couple Amaterasu and Susano
The contest of the sibling deities The Divine Crisis
Amaterasu's of the sun The Izumo Cyde
Susano's descent to earth; Okuninushi and the White Rabbit Gods, Heroes and Demons
Inari,and the Oni The Realm of Saga
The exploits of Jimmu-tenno and Yamato-takeru Buddhist Myths
Three figures of mercy
Greece
Myth and Society
Public and private observances The Birth of the Gods
The rise of the Olympians The Origins of Humanity
Prometheus, Pandora, Deucalion, Pyrrha Zeus
King of the gods The Couplings of Zeus
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